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DVD review: Snabba Cash (Easy Money)

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Since the Danish directors Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg founded the avant-garde movement known as Dogme 95, Scandinavian cinema has went from strength to strength. The ‘back-to basics’ rules and regulations of the group helped make a name for Denmark in the industry, and it wasn’t long before neighbouring countries got in on the act. Best selling authors such as Sweden’s Stieg Larsson and Norway’s Jo Nesbo are proof of the raw, and beautifully dark storytelling coming out of the area in recent years. Their novels have inevitably spawned successful films, most notably Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, the first instalment of which has even had a US remake starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Also getting the Hollywood treatment, with Zac Efron in the lead role, is 2010 Swedish crime thriller ‘Snabba Cash’, which translates in English as ‘Easy Money’. Due to the thumbs up from the late Roger Ebert, and the team up between the Weinstein Company and fan Martin Scorsese, the picture finally has a US/UK general release, in July 2013. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the plot follows three men in Stockholm’s criminal underworld whose paths cross, with lasting consequences for all involved.

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